The Hamilton College field hockey team scored twice in the first three minutes of the game and went on to post a 4-1 non-conference win over visiting Skidmore College on Tuesday evening.
The Continentals -- nationally ranked 16th in the first regular season coaches poll -- move to 3-0 overall this season while the Thoroughbreds even their record at 2-2.
Senior, Sarah Stinebaugh '19 recorded one goal and two assists for a career-high four points. Michaela Giuttari '20 fired in three goals for her second hat trick of the young season, and Tatiana Bradley '19 dished out two assists. Julia Booth '19 recorded six saves for the win, including two incredible back-to-back stops in the 60th minute to keep Skidmore off the scoreboard.
Despite Skidmore controlling the opening faceoff, the Continentals quickly swarmed the Thoroughbreds to force a turnover. Mary Kate Sisk '22 gobbled up the loose ball while speeding up the left sideline and found Stinebaugh at the intersection of the shooting circle and the end line. Stinebaugh flipped the ball over the sticks of the defenders to Giuttari in front of the net for a one-timer into the back of the cage just 27 seconds into the contest.
Less than two minutes later, Giuttari tipped a Skidmore free-hit at the Thoroughbred's 23 metre line, and the ball went directly to Bradley's stick for a quick give and go, allowing Giuttari to outrun the defenders for a one on one with Elizabeth Coughlin (5 saves). Coughlin went for the diving save, but Giuttari tucked the ball under Coughlin's stick.
Hamilton went into halftime with a 2-0 lead, but Skidmore held a 9-5 shot advantage in the first 35 minutes.
Stinebaugh netted her first of the year 5:41 into the second half to gain a 3-0 lead for Hamilton. Bradley managed to keep the ball inbounds just to the left of the cage, flipped the ball out front and Stinebaugh tapped it into the goal midair.
Stinebaugh and Giuttari teamed up again with 15:08 remaining, making the score 4-0 when Stinebaugh tapped a loose ball to Giuttari who spun around a defender on her back and fired a shot over the goal line.
Skidmore finally managed to beat the Hamilton defense in the 61st minute. Hannah Curtis served in the penalty corner directly to Sarah Winter at the top of the arc who fired a shot just inside the left post and past an outstretch Booth.
Hamilton hosts two fellow nationally ranked NESCAC opponents this weekend. First up is No. 14 Trinity College at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Then No. 1 Middlebury, the defending 2017 NESCAC and NCAA Division III Champions arrive Sunday at noon.